By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.
Happy First day of Fall! It may be Fall, but it sure feels like mid-Summer with temps hitting the mid 80’s this afternoon.
I arrived for my morning Genesee watch on the Charlotte side of the Genesee River just as the sun was rising. Genesee was on top of the Coast Guard Tower. According to Dana, who was watching from the Summerville side, he had just finished his breakfast.
<— Genesee on the Coast Guard Tower (CGT) after finishing his breakfast.
<— First Fall Sunrise.
I was taking a few pictures of the sunrise and hadn’t noticed that Genesee had left the CGT. My first clue was when I heard the river gulls start to scream! Genesee was swooping up and down the river, diving on all the gulls located there. As he swooped low, just missing the gulls, they would scream and attempt to take off. It seemed like it went on forever, but it was only a few moments. lol
At one point, Genesee flew low, just above me looking down. I really got the feeling that this was just a whole lot of fun for him. :)
<— Genesee Chasing Gulls on the Genesee River.
<— Genesee Flying Over the River.
When he was done with his “game”, he returned to the top of the Coast Guard Tower.
<— Genesee on top of the CGT.
He remained there for quite awhile before taking off and heading south, following the Genesee River. Some day we’ll figure out where he goes.
<— Genesee Taking off from the CGT.
<— Looking South Down the Genesee River. The direction Genesee has been taking when he leaves the CGT in the morning.
Dana joined me on the Charlotte side and we waited to see if Genesee would return. After an hour, when he didn’t return, we ended our Genesee morning watch.
I decided to check out our other Rochester Falcons.
I first found who I believe was Billie on top of the antenna on the Kodak Research Labs building.
<— Billie, I believe, on the Kodak Research Labs.
From Maplewood Park, I could see a smaller falcon on the north end window ledge of Seneca Towers. Seth?
<— Seth, I believe, on Seneca Towers, North End Window Ledge.
My next stop was downtown Rochester, where I found a falcon on the south side, top Ibeam of OCSR, facing the building. I could not tell if it was Beauty or Dot.ca. I do believe it was Dot.ca.
<— I believe this was Dot.ca on north side of OCSR.
After looking all over for a 2nd falcon and not finding one, I headed over to the BS location. On the east side of the building, I found the unbanded falcon on the 4th window down, Others that have seen this falcon believe that it is a female. I have to agree, based on size. She was sitting in a little bit of shade, dozing on and off.
<— Falcon at the BS location, snoozing in the shade.
After spending a little bit of time with her, I headed back to downtown Rochester. From the Andrews St Bridge, I could see that Beauty had joined Dot.ca on the top IBeam of OCSR on the north side.
<—Beauty on OCSR.
I reported that it was DC that took off, flew over the Powers Bldg and then returned to OCSR. But it was actually Beauty that took off and landed on the 2nd IBeam down, below Dot.ca.
<— Dot.ca and Beauty on OCSR.
<— Beauty on OCSR below Dot.ca.
It was getting really warm, and I was happy to end my morning falcon watch after seeing 6 of our Rochester Falcons. Tomorrow it will be much cooler with temperatures going into the mid-60’s and a chance of rain. Happy Fall Everyone!